Archive for Thursday, December 3, 1998

ART FAIR PROMISES VARIETY OF GIFTS

December 3, 1998

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The Lawrence Art Guild is offering Christmas shoppers a chance to find "fantastic, one-of-a-kind, unique gifts" and support local artists in the process.

The annual Holiday Art Fair is being held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth.

More than 34 artists will display and, hopefully, sell some of their best works during the fair.

"We have a large group of artists in this town," said Jennifer Rinehart Unekis, chairwoman of the guild's Holiday Art Fair committee.

Their works range from sketches and paintings to porcelain, sculpture and mixed media.

"It would be a really good place to see what the local artists are doing," Unekis said.

This year's show will include some artists who have shown their work at the event in the past as well as some newcomers.

"It's not just about buying fantastic, one-of-a-kind, unique gifts," Unekis said. "It's also a good way to support local artists, as opposed to going to Pier 1 or Target and buying something."

In addition to the art, holiday-flavored music and entertainment will be provided by Maggie Pruit of Liberty, Mo., Maria Anthony and Megan Hurt of Lawrence and John Jervis of Lawrence.

Concessions will be sold by students from Grant School. A wine-and-cheese reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Lawrence Art Guild, a nonprofit organization with nearly 200 members, has the goal of supporting local artists.

The guild operates the Riverfront Gallery in the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets. It also puts on several shows through the year, including Art in the Park each May.

-- Kendrick Blackwood's phone message number is 832-7221. His e-mail address is kblackwood@ljworld.com.

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